Central Garden & Pet Company a manufacturer and distributor of branded and private label products for the lawn & garden and pet supplies markets, announced on Friday that it has appointed a new independent director, John Hanson, to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. The appointment of Mr. Hanson increases Central’s Board from nine to ten directors.
“We are pleased to welcome John to Central’s Board. John’s over 25 years of leadership experience in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) arena make him an invaluable resource for the organization,” said Sonny Pennington, Chairman of the Board of Central Garden & Pet. “He is well-versed on what it takes for a company to grow both organically and through acquisitions, and we look forward to his engagement with the Board and management as we seek to continue to drive long-term revenue and profit growth, all while enhancing shareholder value.”
Mr. Hanson has worked in a number of leadership positions in marketing, sales, and general management over his nearly thirty-year career. He spent four years as President of ConAgra’s Frozen Food division, where he had strategic and operational oversight for the portfolio of brands and grew the business organically and through acquisition from $1.7 billion in annual sales to over $2.5 billion while also increasing profitability. Mr. Hanson was also CEO of Oasis Brands where he led a turnaround and geographic expansion. He is currently a consultant to CPG companies.